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Notification Indicator for Submission Comments in Gradebook

Notification Indicator for Submission Comments in Gradebook


I would like to suggest a notification indicator in the grade book for new submission comments. E-mail notifications are already an option but when you are physically in the grade book there is no way of knowing that a new comment has been made. When conversations are started in the grade book a new comment can be easily missed. 

Mock up screen shot of what it could look like:

A notification indicator icon displaying when a new submission comment is left and is unread by the user

Community Team
Community Team

Thanks for sharing this idea,  @amandathecarpen ‌. A related idea is (instructor comments).

Navigator II

This would significantly improve communications between instructors and students, because submission comments are easily missed by instructors.  It would also be helpful to be able add attachments.  However any attachments are currently only displayed in the speedgrader: 

Surveyor II

I too have been wanting such a feature.

When students make a comment on an assignment submission - especially AFTER the assignment has been seen and graded by the instructor - the emailed notification does not seem very effective to be sure we catch all student comments made after the fact. 


It would be nice if there were some clearly visible notification in the course site/grade center: a colored icon or at least a notice in the course home page (with the list of other notices re: submissions and such).


I would welcome this feature.  I have missed opportunities to continue a dialogue. This would definitely be a useful enhancement.


Greetings!  I would like to suggest that maybe a green dot (or something like that) be added into the gradebook (as an optional add-on) if a student leaves a new assignment comment.  This dot would show up next to their grade for this assignment, so that visually, it would be easy to see where there are comments that need to be responded to.  It is a lot of clicking to go to the inbox, switch the view, go back to the assignment if they are referring to it, comment, maybe add an attachment (which can't be done in the submission comments section), etc.  I love the speed grader and feel that this might streamline a little more.


I have recently started giving, and receiving, comments in my PD Course in canvas on assignments. My Grades navigation button now shows a number next to it, even though all assignments have been graded. I finally figured out that the number now represents how many unread comments I have from my students.

I propose an indicator icon in the grades list view for which assignments have unread comments, such as what is being done with discussions (showing number of comments | number of unread comments). I am looking for a quick and easy way to find these comments on the overview page (both as the instructor and for my students).

I have over 100 students in my PD course and numerous assignments, there is no way I can review every assignment at the individual student level to find these comments made by my students.

Explorer III

This would be a great feature. The e-mail notification system is not enough. The problem with the e-mails is that the teacher will get an e-mail notification for the comments that are written when the student hands in their assignment. These comments will be read anyways when the teacher grades the assignment, so those notifications have no function, I think. 

The trouble is with the comments that come after that, when the teacher has no reason for looking at the assignment-page. Those are the comments that we need to be notified about as they tend to be unread.  

Surveyor II

Even simply giving an indicator for your Inbox would work. Currently, you can find submission comments in your Canvas Inbox in the drop down menu, however there is not indicator if you receive a submission comment. You only get an indicator if you have new messages. You should get a notification for both types of messages. 


This is a great idea I also made mention of it in my post under Comment Review 

Teachers need a way to view all comments left for an individual student per grading period at one time without having to click through every assignment. This would tremendously help our Intervention Specialist get necessary data for IEP requirements.  At this point they cannot even tell if there is a comment present because there is no indicator/icon in the gradebook. 

We can only hope Canvas is listening and sends out an update


I totally agree - Please either add some sort of notification or just remove the gradebook comment feature altogether, because without a notification these comments are very difficult to find - 

A student left me an important message in the Gradebook, which I never knew about, and I even had trouble finding it after he emailed me to find out why I had not responded.


This is an issue that needs to be addressed. The students have the notification in their "Feedback" section and also in their gradebook. Teachers do not have anything except the email. 


When a student replies to my comment or adds a new comment to a graded assignment it would be great if the box in the grade book with that grade would change color or something happen. It would really streamline seeing new student comments. (I know I can get notifications. That's a bit clunky and one more time I have to flip between screens.)